Do you recognise the signs your baby is ready for solids? With my baby weaning classes kicking off next month I thought that over the next four weeks I would share with you my top tips for making weaning your baby as easy and relaxed as possible.
How do I know when my baby is ready?
Generally, baby will show you when they are ready for solid with one of the first signs being pulling objects towards and in their mouth. If you start solids to early, your baby may experience a choking sensation by so it important to watch out for signs that your baby is ready.
Signs your baby is ready for solids
Here are some signs to watch out for especially if you are baby led weaning, baby must be at least 6 months of age.
- They can stay in a sitting position and hold their head steady
- They can co-ordinate their eyes, hands and mouth so that they can look at the food, pick it up and put it in their mouth, all by themselves
- They can swallow food. Babies who are not ready will push their food back out, so they get more around their face than they do in their mouths
- Has an interest in food and starts to watch others eat
- Ability to let you know when they are full. This can be turning away from bottle or breast, it is important that they have some control over feeding and can communicate when they have had enough.
- Growing appetite. Your baby is hungry even after being fed breast milk or formula.
- Loss of tongue-thrust reflex. They must be able to keep solid food in their month and then swallow it, baby needs to stop using his tongue to push food out of his month.
- Other signs are dribbling, reaching for food and putting things in their mouth.
When it comes to weaning your baby one of the most important things is to relax as weaning should be fun. You may feel more comfortable starting with purees, go the full baby led weaning route or do a mixture of both, whatever you decide will be right for you and your baby.
Jeraldine Curran founder of The Food Nutritionist is a fully qualified nutritionist specialising in digestive health. She works with adults and children with digestive issues including irritable bowel disease (IBD), constipation and diarrhoea. Other services include nutritional workshops, conception and pregnancy, individual consultations, corporate work and wellness retreats.